Metro’s gradual effort to speed up its principal routes comes to Burien and SW Seattle:
With more than 7,000 boardings a day, the Route 120 is one of Metro’s 10 busiest bus routes. Metro has received a state grant to improve the speed and reliability of the route, and has several changes planned that will be rolled out in coordination with the cities of Burien. They include:
• Reduce the number of closely spaced bus stops to help buses move faster and operate on a more reliable schedule; [see below]
• Improve features at bus stops, such as installing new shelters and benches;
• Add a northbound bus lane and bike lanes on Delridge Way Southwest; [diagram (pdf) here]
• Install a “bus bulb” sidewalk extension for faster boarding at 26th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Barton Street; and
• Install transit signal priority at many traffic signals between the Burien Transit Center and the West Seattle Bridge.
The open house will be held:
Tuesday, April 24 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle
You can also learn more about the project and comment online. The deadline for comments is Friday, April 27.
If you have questions about the open house or project, please contact DeAnna Martin, community relations planner at (206) 263-9768 or by email.
The change would occur around the new year. This page has much more information about the change.
Of the 89 stops between S Spokane St and Burien TC, about 21 would disappear, but they’d still be less than a quarter mile apart. About 17% of riders in that segment would have their stop disappear or move. The stop changes will also affect routes 125, 128, 22, 85, 133, and 560.
See also Bruce’s analysis of ridership patterns on this route.